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Polyfonie, nebo monodie? Gesualdovo řešení principu meraviglia

Title in English Polyphony or monody? Gesualdo’s solution to the principle of meraviglia


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Opus musicum
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Mannerism, late Renaissance, Ferrara, chromaticism, polyphony, emotionality, destruction, order
Description The study focuses on the use of chromaticism in the music of the late Renaissance (Mannerism) to express passions included in a text. While the members of Florentine Camerata argued that the principle of imitazione delle parole is suitable only for accompanied monody, Carlo Gesualdo continued to develop polyphonic technique of the high Renaissance. His technique is interfered with chromatic principles for which he found inspiration during his stay in Ferrara in 1594–1596. A parallel may be drawn with the contemporary Mannerist poetry which aimed to provoke astonishment (meraviglia) in the audience. With respect to the fact that Mannerist art is regarded by many theoreticians as superficial or destructive, the author of this text points out the fact that Gesualdo used the mentioned means to express also sacred themes by which he contributed to the formation of a new style of Baroque.

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